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Old 2nd April 2021, 11:42   #1
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Windows 10 This PC View - Adding Custom Folder

It is possible to add custom folder to This PC View area.

As far as I know there is no official API to do this (I just add proper keys to registry).

I implemented this functionality in NSIS. It works (in most cases).

Here is the example installer that offer pinning and unpinning folder icon.
Note, that I create keys for 32 bit and 64 bit OS. In 64 bit I need to add keys to 32 bit and 64 bit registry - that 64bit applications and 32 bit applications has access to this folder.

However, sometimes unpining action doesn't work
I have to manually remove keys from registry (it is easy, as we have our unique GUID).

It seems that it is not removing the keys - so Windows Explorer displays folder, but can not be accessed (or blank file).

Could you please take a look? Maybe I forgot about something? Or maybe I implemented it in wrong way...

The idea is to get fast access to chosen folder via Windows Explorer This PC View.
Example folder is C:\ThisPCTest
I use also example icon for the folder (\ThisPCIcon.ico)

It should look like this after Pin action:

I use ${RefreshShellIcons} after pin/unpin action - Should I use other code to refresh
Windows Explorer shell?

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